How to Hit a Hybrid Golf Club

By Steve Silverman

Hybrid golf clubs have been a boon for medium- and high-handicap golfers since the 1990s. This relatively new club makes it easier for golfers who struggle with the hard-to-hit fairway woods and long irons. Hybrid clubs are lighter than both of those clubs and have most of their weight at the perimeter, which allows the golfer to get the ball up in the air quickly.


Difficulty: Moderate
Step 1
Address your shot squarely. In order to hit the ball correctly with your hybrid club, you need to have your left shoulder facing directly at the target. Your left foot should be underneath your left shoulder. Play the ball about one ball length closer to your front foot than your back foot. Make sure your backswing goes back fully and that you swing down on the ball. Most of the weight in the hybrid is in the rear and center portion of the club, and hitting down on it will send the ball up in the air.
Step 2
Use a smooth, steady swing when using your hybrid. If you have a 220-yard shot from the fairway that you would normally hit with a 3-wood, you might feel you have to overpower the ball. That is not the case with a hybrid. In fact, it will hurt your swing. The hybrid has a smaller club face and it is lighter. As a result, you don't have to swing it as hard to build club head speed. Swinging it harder will tend to send the ball off course.
Step 3
Bring your hands all the way through the ball. When hitting with a hybrid you may be anxious to see your ball fly down the fairway, and that could lead you to stop your swing before you have reached shoulder height with your hands. Finish your swing by getting your hands up to shoulder height.
Step 4
Do not widen your stance when you hit a hybrid. You may think you can swing harder with a wider base and not lose your balance, but that will chance your angle of attack. A wider stance is more likely to result in a sweeping swing, and you should swing down on it with a hybrid.
Step 5
Practice swinging with your hybrids at least three times per week at the practice range. These clubs are easier to hit, but you still have to get used to them. Hit at least 30 percent of your practice balls with your hybrids.

Tips & Warnings

The hybrids have a smaller club face than most woods, so it is important to take your time with them so you don't mishit the golf ball.

About The Author

Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.


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